Living in the west was remarkable and inspiring, but time to move back east. I began teaching at a much larger high school, more responsibilities with less energy for my own art-making. However, the change also provided new opportunities.
I regained a focus in the summer of 2007 while studying contemporary landscape painting at Wild Acres in North Carolina with Cassandra James. The techniques employed utilized expressive drawing as the basis of the painting, working from dark to light. "Lay in broad areas of value and color..." bringing in "areas of pigment up to the edge of dark underdrawing..." (from James' Review of Standard Technique)
North Carolina landscapes in particular continued to be the subject and inspiration of the majority of my paintings, as we spent many holidays and summers on our property in the mountains.
With each visit to our cabin, the mixed media images in my sketchbook became the primary means to expressing daily observations.